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Opinion

The history behind one of Ohio’s stately courthouses

Local Columns

Throughout my years of traveling around this state, I have gained an appreciation for Ohio’s county courthouses, the architectural jewels that are the crossroads of life in our towns and cities. It’s no accident that the courthouse is usually the grandest, most prominent building in a ...

Take steps to stop drugged driving

Editorials

We want to add our voice to that of local law enforcement cautioning drivers to avoid drugged driving. The long-running drug problem in our communities has led to growing alarm about crashes resulting from drivers who are driving while under the influence of drugs. The number of drugged ...

Trump should look at Keystone XL pipeline

Editorials

Among the most blatantly political of President Barack Obama’s actions has been blocking construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Upon taking office, President-elect Donald Trump should change that. Designed to bring Canadian oil to the United States, the pipeline has been under review ...

Breathe: Don’t be angry behind the wheel

Editorials

A recent road rage incident in Marietta is getting the attention of residents, but we hope it brings something else as well: awareness. Not many of us would get so angry about a slow driver in front of us that we would hit their car and then hit them, as a Marietta man is accused of doing to ...

Wear a safety pin to show support of others

Letters to the Editor

When the United Kingdom made the decision to leave the European Union (Brexit), there was an increase in hate rhetoric and hate crimes against immigrants, refugees, and people of different races, religions, gender, and sexual orientation. Many people began wearing safety pins as a way of ...

Community must show love and respect post election

Letters to the Editor

At the young age of 13 my father decided he wanted to retire and move back to place he was born and raised, Marietta. I am now 34 years old with children of my own and I couldn’t imagine calling any other place home. I’ve had my share of racism and I’ve tried my hardest to ignore those ...

Trump must keep promises to vets

Editorials

President-elect Donald Trump has made many promises during the more than a year he has been campaigning. He may have been reminded of one on Friday. It was Veterans Day, an annual observance during which we Americans pause to remind ourselves of the many sacrifices made by those who have ...

Coaches unhappy with tone of sports commentary

Letters to the Editor

My name is Matt Johnson, and I am the head football coach at Barnesville High School. This letter is being written in response to the article that appeared in your paper Saturday, titled: “Fort kept its cool during ‘foot-brawl’.” This letter was written with the assistance of and in ...

Americans must be protected

Editorials

Leaders of other countries were not the only people overseas watching the U.S. presidential election last week. Many of them are concerned with maintaining good, if not friendly, relations with us. But others monitoring our leadership have no such desire. All they want to do is kill as many ...

A Trump presidency is a mystery

Letters to the Editor

I am in a state of shock as are a lot of Democrats following our presidential election. I didn’t believe that Americans would vote for a person that spewed so much hate, so many lies and that showed so much disrespect for so many American citizens. Our candidates have a lot of disagreements ...

Fort Frye stayed calm in the face of anger

Editorials

We can talk until we’re blue in the face about sportsmanship in today’s high school athletics, but Fort Frye’s Cadets passed the test in a big way Friday night. On the way to a 40-19 win over Barnesville at Don Drumm Stadium Friday night, the Cadets stayed cool under pressure while two ...

Remember Clinton won the popular vote

Letters to the Editor

All the gloating and crowing over Donald Trump’s election can not drown out the fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a respectable margin. If we did not have the undemocratic Electoral College, which allows political elites to pick our president, (Hillary) Clinton would be our ...

Trump must restore faith in our govt.

Editorials

Finally, one of the most divisive presidential election campaigns in history is over. Now comes the task of restoring Americans’ faith in government to serve us, not special interests and big-government bureaucrats. Donald Trump’s victory in the election Tuesday was a clear indication ...

A female athlete’s weight isn’t relevant

Letters to the Editor

I would like to start this letter off with a few personal details about myself: I am 5 feet and 9 inches tall and weigh 146 pounds. Why would I start off my letter in this way, when such matters have no relevance to who I am or my ability to write you, you might ask? That is my point entirely: ...

Community Foundation helps get students new bus

Letters to the Editor

The Ely Chapman Education Foundation (ECEF) students are waving goodbye to their old, much loved school bus and saying hello to a newer, safer Multi-Function School Activity Bus (MFSAB), thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Marietta Community Foundation. The “new to ECEF” bus, a 2007 model ...

North Korea a top foreign policy priority for the next president

Local Columns

North Korea is one of the most serious foreign policy challenges for the next U.S. president. “The president-elect is going to face a problem with North Korea that none of his or her predecessors have faced,” says Judith Miscik, former CIA Deputy Director for Intelligence, “it is well ...

Real estate revaluation program nearing completion

Local Columns

Washington County’s real estate revaluation program is nearing completion. This program, began in the summer of 2014, has been carried out under an order from the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT). Letters informing property owners of their newly established valuations have been mailed. ...

Effort to help cats at fairgrounds is important

Editorials

For more than a decade, there has been a sizable colony of cats that live at the Washington County Fairgrounds and along the city’s River Trail. While they sometimes struggle with the cold and elements, they’ve had some loyal community feeders to help them. But recently some extra—and ...

City needs a parking garage, not armory

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to a letter to the editor concerning the Armory. I agree! I have never been in favor of saving the armory. For what purpose? And at what cost? My father was in the U.S. Army and the National Guards. My mother was in favor of saving the armory because my father was deployed ...

Chillicothe VA honored to serve veterans

Letters to the Editor

Every year on Veterans Day, we reflect on the contributions and sacrifices of those men and women who have served this great nation. Countless ceremonies take place around the country as we honor our patriots who have protected our liberty by serving in the United States armed forces. Nov. 11 ...